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Manage your future with our Business and Management BA (Hons).

If you have a Level 5 qualification – such as a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) – in a business or management related subject, this top up course will allow you to finish your degree and gain a BA (Hons) while studying part-time.

You’ll undertake six modules over the course of your studies, covering everything from project management to strategy, entrepreneurial leadership to critical organisational analysis. During each, you’ll explore the cultural and ethical contexts in which international business operates and come to understand the impact that commercial leaders, and their decisions, have on society.

Our top up degree is designed to be as flexible. You’ll be able to study whenever and wherever it suits you, while still having access to our great teaching and online research facilities. Plus, you'll be able to pay for your fees in module by module instalments, spreading the cost out over the duration of your studies.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
18 Months Distance Learning

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January, April, July and October Starts

Fee Information

Module Information

Our top up qualification is ideal for anyone with an existing Level 5 business or management related qualification. You'll be able to build on your previous experience, and gain a degree that will boost your educational profile and achieve your dream leadership role.

Our Business and Management course is designed to be flexible; with a recommended study time of 15 hours a week for this course, it is ideal if you are a working professional looking to balance your learning alongside other commitments.

We’ve designed this Business and Management BA in partnership with online experts to make sure you get the most flexible, most interactive and engaging experience possible.  As a distance learner, you’ll be free to study your course your way, while still benefiting from our excellent teaching and research.

The recommended study time for the course is 15 hours a week.

You’ll access your learning through our eLearning portal, Blackboard Ultra. This offers 24/7 access to an extensive range of online learning materials (from online readings to videos), in-course communication tools (including discussion forums) and advice and support services. You’ll also have regular assessments to help keep you on track and access to over half a million books and e-books through our online University Library Services

For each module, you will have a number of assessments and tasks. The format of these may vary. However, you will complete all of them through Blackboard Ultra.

You’ll be part of a supportive and engaging online community. During each module, you’ll participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks with other students and more. You’ll even have a personal Student Success Advisor on hand to support you from day one through to graduation. Whether you need pastoral guidance, help with assessments or advice about fees, they will be with you at every step.

Newcastle Business School is at the forefront of sustainable entrepreneurship, business and management.  Responsible Business is one of our key research focuses (alongside Digital Business and Strategic Innovation) and, as a signatory of the UN sponsored Principles of Responsible Management Education, we are committed to promoting these issues in our teaching, consulting and research.

We strive to produce graduates with the skills needed to create an inclusive, sustainable global economy.

The theme of responsible business management will permeate throughout every module of this course. You’ll explore the cultural and ethical contexts in which international business operates, and come to understand the impact organisational decision making has on our wider society and environment.  

Together we can create a better tomorrow.

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We were the first Business School in Europe to secure double accreditation in both Business and Accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) – a status that means we remain in an elite group of less than 1% of Business Schools worldwide.

We have relationships with 16 professional business associations and institutions, including: AAT, ACCA, AIA, CILT UK, CIMA, CIM, CIPD, CIPFA, CIPS, CISI, CMI, ICAEW, IDM, ITT

Our heritage, networks and resources mean we are equipped to help our students to become research informed, cutting edge business leaders of tomorrow.

Each of the academics teaching on this BA top up course are not only research engaged, but also highly experienced business practitioners. Their industry knowledge will help you to make sense of the international business and management theory explored throughout the course, and apply it to real world contexts and situations.

Get to know some of the tutors you may learn from below or explore the rest of the department here.

 

 

We have handpicked our modules to ensure they develop both your “soft skills” and analytical competency – helping you to stand out in the commercial market.

Upon graduation, you’ll have gained the skills and qualification needed to take the next step in your career – whether that’s into a more senior position in your current organisation, a leadership role elsewhere or enrolling on a graduate scheme or programme.

Even before graduation, you’ll be able to put your new skills and knowledge into practice and make a difference to your business and performance. We will support you to apply the theories you learn to real world situations and tailor your projects and assessments to your current role.

As a Northumbria University student, you’ll also be able to tap into our Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of resources and support online.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £4,500

Full EU Fee: £4,500

Full International Fee: £4,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

 

 

Our Application Process

Applying for this course is quick and easy, and can be done using our online applicant portal.

 

As part of the application process, you’ll need to upload a selection of important documents including:

  • A copy of the certificate or transcript for the highest level of educational qualification you have achieved (if this was awarded in a language other than English, an official translation is required)
  • An updated CV/resume
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency (if English is your second language)
  • A 500 word personal statement

If you are a non standard applicant, you will also need to send us two professional / personal references on headed paper.

 

After receiving your application, our Applicant Services team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

You are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship, scholarships or funding.

 

Useful application advice:

Our decision making process

Application advice for disabled students

Applying as an international student

 

 

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

 

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE6000 -

Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

The module will enable you to extend your knowledge of management practice, particularly in the area of strategic thinking, and to employ your intellectual and practical skills in an organisational context.

In doing so your learning will focus on themes addressing the following broad issues:

• The impact on organisations of the external environment: macro-environment, industry, markets.
• The strategic choices available to organisations to improve strategic position and promote commercial success.
• The alignment of strategic directions with the corporate social responsibility and ethics framework

This module is intended to develop your awareness and critical evaluation of strategic management by assessing the impact of the business environment on organisations. The nature of practising strategy will be evaluated by reviewing the tools and activities involved when formulating strategies. The concept of corporate social responsibility and sustainability will be central when discussing the above topics by assessing the role of stakeholders in organisations.

More information

PE6002 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

From both a practical and theoretical view you will learn to think about what project management means, the process of project management and how to manage projects by focusing on several professional project management aspects, such as scope management, cost management, and schedule management.

The module will develop your professional skills and confidence in managing projects using various techniques and drawing on your academic study of contemporary project management literature. You will explore a range of approaches plus alternative views in order to challenge assumptions and identify ways to make project management more meaningful and sustainable. You will become aware of the role of professional techniques and methodologies as an aid to managing projects. Alongside this practical learning, you will develop a critical understanding of the importance of integrating social and ethical criteria into project planning and operation.

More information

PE6003 -

Digital and Data Driven Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding how one-to-one forms of marketing communications, across offline and online channels, can be combined into an overall campaign with the ability to generate new customers and enhance existing relationships. To do this, the module is broken into three distinct themes:

Theme One - Principles of Direct and Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will cover the fundamental practices in the direct marketing field, which will include acquisition and retention strategies, customer profiling and segmentation, database marketing, permission marketing and personalisation, relevant legislation and marketing metrics.

Theme Two - Digital Media: In this section you will explore the range of communications media available, ranging from traditional offline channels (such as direct mail and telemarketing) through to the ever-growing range of digital media options (including social media, email, web design and mobile commerce).

Theme Three - Campaign Planning: Here you will be introduced to the principles of campaign design, from initial context analysis and goal setting through to campaign implementation and evaluation. You will be encouraged to combine different marketing communications tools as part of an integrated campaign.

More information

PE6005 -

International Finance and Responsible Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed for business students to develop a non-technical understanding of the key aspects of corporate financial theory and practice. The module covers the core aspects of raising capital and determining financing, though to investing capital in major corporate decisions, and finally returning value to shareholders.

Specifically you will study in the module; Sustainable Value Management, Stock Market Efficiency, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Portfolio Theory, International Cost of Capital, Capital Structure Decisions, Dividend Policy, Corporate Valuation and International Merger & Acquisition activity.

The module has a focus on business responsibility of all of those areas, concentrating on professional codes of conduct in areas such as the banking industry, accounting and similar finance areas, and the types of dilemmas that graduates could face in professional practice. This module will develop you as a critical and reflective practitioner, equipping you with the skills to think independently, analyse data, and help you to identify your own areas of interest in relation to corporate finance and practice. In the module you will become more aware of the issues that responsible businesses face when attempting to implement financial concepts and theories into practice.

On completion of this module you will have produced a reflective learning journal (in the form of a Blog or similar platform) based on your evaluation of theory to real world scenarios. As part of that journal you will have watched and reflected on appropriate financial documentaries and movies which explore responsible financial management issues, where you are encouraged to share these with your peers on the module Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Finally you will be apply your academic knowledge to a real world case and be able to critically evaluate the tensions between the financial academic theories as a responsible business attempts to maximise shareholder wealth.

More information

PE6001 -

Critical Organizational Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to encourage your engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive exploration of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through a critical employment of Organisation Theory that challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

The module links topics on Organisation Theory and Practice:

Introduction to Organisation Theory, and implications for practice: overview of three main perspectives (Modern, Symbolic and Contemporary)
Organisation Theory:
Theorizing relationships between Organisation and environment;
Theorizing relationships between Globalisation and Colonialisation;
Theorizing different perspectives on Culture and Organisation;
Theorizing organisational (physical and social) structure;
Theorizing power, control and conflict (including different feminist perspectives);
Theorizing Identity and organisational behaviour.
Applications in practice:
Organisational Design, Sustainable Organisational Design;
Organisational learning, tacit knowledge and knowledge management;
Organisational change, change management, and sustainable development;
Aesthetics and organisations, performance, narrative, theatre and organisation;
Managing culture, people and behaviour in organisations.

Upon completion of the module you will gain an in-depth understanding of:
Three major perspectives in Organisation Theory;
'Critical' organisation theory and management practices;
How to analyse organisational practices and their effects on organisations;
Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations with consideration of
knowledge, power and control;
How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour.

More information

PE6004 -

Entrepreneurial Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to explore innovation, new venturing and enterprise creation through the lens of entrepreneurial leadership. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your skills in innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. You will cover 6 topics;

* Creativity and Design for Innovation
* Future Search
* Making a Difference
* Connectivity
* Managing Innovation
* Entrepreneurial Leadership and Identity

The module will support you in the development of your entrepreneurial effectiveness through the lens of entrepreneurial leadership. Consequently, you will learn about the nature of creativity and its role in innovation and enterprise, and how to use it to support you in developing strategies to identify the driving force of change, idea generation and envisioning the future.

You will develop an awareness of collaborative behaviours and how to build professional networks. You will also be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of team dynamics and entrepreneurial leadership while also having the opportunity to put the theory into practice by linking the module and its assessment to the workplace and associated experiences.

On completion of this module, you be able to use knowledge of enterprise development models to generate new solutions related of entrepreneurship, venture creation and leadership and understand how it is informed by theory and research.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE6000 -

Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

The module will enable you to extend your knowledge of management practice, particularly in the area of strategic thinking, and to employ your intellectual and practical skills in an organisational context.

In doing so your learning will focus on themes addressing the following broad issues:

• The impact on organisations of the external environment: macro-environment, industry, markets.
• The strategic choices available to organisations to improve strategic position and promote commercial success.
• The alignment of strategic directions with the corporate social responsibility and ethics framework

This module is intended to develop your awareness and critical evaluation of strategic management by assessing the impact of the business environment on organisations. The nature of practising strategy will be evaluated by reviewing the tools and activities involved when formulating strategies. The concept of corporate social responsibility and sustainability will be central when discussing the above topics by assessing the role of stakeholders in organisations.

More information

PE6002 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

From both a practical and theoretical view you will learn to think about what project management means, the process of project management and how to manage projects by focusing on several professional project management aspects, such as scope management, cost management, and schedule management.

The module will develop your professional skills and confidence in managing projects using various techniques and drawing on your academic study of contemporary project management literature. You will explore a range of approaches plus alternative views in order to challenge assumptions and identify ways to make project management more meaningful and sustainable. You will become aware of the role of professional techniques and methodologies as an aid to managing projects. Alongside this practical learning, you will develop a critical understanding of the importance of integrating social and ethical criteria into project planning and operation.

More information

PE6003 -

Digital and Data Driven Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding how one-to-one forms of marketing communications, across offline and online channels, can be combined into an overall campaign with the ability to generate new customers and enhance existing relationships. To do this, the module is broken into three distinct themes:

Theme One - Principles of Direct and Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will cover the fundamental practices in the direct marketing field, which will include acquisition and retention strategies, customer profiling and segmentation, database marketing, permission marketing and personalisation, relevant legislation and marketing metrics.

Theme Two - Digital Media: In this section you will explore the range of communications media available, ranging from traditional offline channels (such as direct mail and telemarketing) through to the ever-growing range of digital media options (including social media, email, web design and mobile commerce).

Theme Three - Campaign Planning: Here you will be introduced to the principles of campaign design, from initial context analysis and goal setting through to campaign implementation and evaluation. You will be encouraged to combine different marketing communications tools as part of an integrated campaign.

More information

PE6005 -

International Finance and Responsible Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed for business students to develop a non-technical understanding of the key aspects of corporate financial theory and practice. The module covers the core aspects of raising capital and determining financing, though to investing capital in major corporate decisions, and finally returning value to shareholders.

Specifically you will study in the module; Sustainable Value Management, Stock Market Efficiency, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Portfolio Theory, International Cost of Capital, Capital Structure Decisions, Dividend Policy, Corporate Valuation and International Merger & Acquisition activity.

The module has a focus on business responsibility of all of those areas, concentrating on professional codes of conduct in areas such as the banking industry, accounting and similar finance areas, and the types of dilemmas that graduates could face in professional practice. This module will develop you as a critical and reflective practitioner, equipping you with the skills to think independently, analyse data, and help you to identify your own areas of interest in relation to corporate finance and practice. In the module you will become more aware of the issues that responsible businesses face when attempting to implement financial concepts and theories into practice.

On completion of this module you will have produced a reflective learning journal (in the form of a Blog or similar platform) based on your evaluation of theory to real world scenarios. As part of that journal you will have watched and reflected on appropriate financial documentaries and movies which explore responsible financial management issues, where you are encouraged to share these with your peers on the module Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Finally you will be apply your academic knowledge to a real world case and be able to critically evaluate the tensions between the financial academic theories as a responsible business attempts to maximise shareholder wealth.

More information

PE6001 -

Critical Organizational Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to encourage your engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive exploration of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through a critical employment of Organisation Theory that challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

The module links topics on Organisation Theory and Practice:

Introduction to Organisation Theory, and implications for practice: overview of three main perspectives (Modern, Symbolic and Contemporary)
Organisation Theory:
Theorizing relationships between Organisation and environment;
Theorizing relationships between Globalisation and Colonialisation;
Theorizing different perspectives on Culture and Organisation;
Theorizing organisational (physical and social) structure;
Theorizing power, control and conflict (including different feminist perspectives);
Theorizing Identity and organisational behaviour.
Applications in practice:
Organisational Design, Sustainable Organisational Design;
Organisational learning, tacit knowledge and knowledge management;
Organisational change, change management, and sustainable development;
Aesthetics and organisations, performance, narrative, theatre and organisation;
Managing culture, people and behaviour in organisations.

Upon completion of the module you will gain an in-depth understanding of:
Three major perspectives in Organisation Theory;
'Critical' organisation theory and management practices;
How to analyse organisational practices and their effects on organisations;
Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations with consideration of
knowledge, power and control;
How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour.

More information

PE6004 -

Entrepreneurial Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to explore innovation, new venturing and enterprise creation through the lens of entrepreneurial leadership. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your skills in innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. You will cover 6 topics;

* Creativity and Design for Innovation
* Future Search
* Making a Difference
* Connectivity
* Managing Innovation
* Entrepreneurial Leadership and Identity

The module will support you in the development of your entrepreneurial effectiveness through the lens of entrepreneurial leadership. Consequently, you will learn about the nature of creativity and its role in innovation and enterprise, and how to use it to support you in developing strategies to identify the driving force of change, idea generation and envisioning the future.

You will develop an awareness of collaborative behaviours and how to build professional networks. You will also be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of team dynamics and entrepreneurial leadership while also having the opportunity to put the theory into practice by linking the module and its assessment to the workplace and associated experiences.

On completion of this module, you be able to use knowledge of enterprise development models to generate new solutions related of entrepreneurship, venture creation and leadership and understand how it is informed by theory and research.

More information

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